The Comox Valley Community Foundation recently presented the first distribution from the Robert L.
Ash Endowment Fund to Comox Valley Schools/School District No. 71

The Robert L. Ash Endowment Fund was established in 2017 by Beryl St. Albyn Hargood-Ash in honour of
her nephew, with the income from the Fund to be given annually to a charity or organization of his
choice. Mr. Ash, a long-time supporter of secondary school athletics and a former high school wrestling
coach, chose Comox Valley Schools as the beneficiary. The annual income will be used to fund secondary
school sports team travel, specifically to provincial championships or in support of
interprovincial/international exchanges, to assist individual athletes requiring financial assistance, and to
fund travel expenses related to other extracurricular programs. Comox Valley Schools will establish a
committee, representative of all secondary schools, to disburse the funds each year.

“The funds will have a tremendous impact and will go a long way in supporting our students and
athletes,” said Tom Demeo, Superintendent of Schools. “We would like to express our appreciation to
the Ash family for this generous gift.”

“This donation really speaks to the power of the endowed giving model,” added Matt Beckett, President
of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. “The donation has been invested forever, and the income
earned will be distributed annually to Comox Valley Schools, ensuring that Mr. Ash’s wishes are fulfilled
year after year.”

Founded in 1996, the Comox Valley Community Foundation is an independent charity registered with
Canada Revenue Agency, dedicated to enriching life in the Comox Valley forever. With the support of
local families, businesses and organizations who have created endowed funds, the CVCF has awarded
more than $3.1 million to over 170 local non-profits and 230 students. For further information and to
learn more about how you can make an impact, please visit or call 250-338-

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools